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What time do NOS IFR Charts expire?

My charts have 13 September 2018 on them. What time do they expire? I thought at Midnight that night local time, but have been unable to find any corroborating evidence.
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Does anyone know what this approach chart symbol is?

Does anyone know what the little “shell” like symbol on the taxi diagram is, under the 2239? Also, what do the little “P”s stand for? One is bolded and the other is not. The 'shell' and the two 'P's ...
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What is the role of an intermediate fix?

There are the IAF and the FAF, which has clear roles. One is where you start the approach and the other where you start to descent and end the approach. But what is the purpose of an Intermediate fix?
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Is ATC clearance or permission required to fly helicopter routes and transitions in the Los Angeles area?

Skyvector has Los Angeles helicopter charts here and here. Are pilots required to obtain ATC clearance or permission to fly helicopter routes and transitions?
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What does “MERMA” mean on the Los Angeles TAC chart?

Just wondering what "MERMA" means on the Los Angeles TAC chart:
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Why are some non-towered airports charted with an empty circle?

Guntly Memorial Airport (62C) is shown as an empty circle with four hash marks around the edges. Why is it empty versus some of the other airports around (such as 96C, C89, BUU, etc.) that have a ...
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Is there a difference between a chart and map?

Does the use or meaning of "chart" or "map" vary worldwide? Is there a difference between a chart and map?
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What are some of the bigger differences world wide in VFR charts?

While discussing Aviation Charts in this SE question, JanHudec & Jwentin commented that VFR chart symbols are not internationally standardized - including airspace names and procedures. What are ...
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What does “ATS climb gradient” mean?

On a Jeppesen SID chart, the climb gradient is not standard, because it's greater than 3.3%. What specifically does the ATS (7.4%) climb gradient mean?
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What is the difference between the red and black box identifiers on UK airport charts?

On UK airport charts like the one below for Manchester (EGCC), what is the difference between an identifier with white lettering on a red square and one with yellow lettering on a black square with a ...
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Are there downloadable versions of the Canadian VNC and VTA charts?

Are there PDF versions of Canadian VNC and VTA charts available for download? I fly in Australia where airservices lists them on their website so I was hoping to find something similar for Canada.
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What does AOE on the sectional chart mean?

What does the AOE notation on the sectional stand for? This appears at the bottom of the information for an airport as the final line.
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What is the technical name for the “time boxes” on an instrument approach plate?

Some instrument approach plates include a list of groundspeeds and times from the FAF to the MAP. What is the real name for these time boxes?
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How do I find the floor of controlled airspace on sectional charts?

So, I understand finding floors and such when seeing something a fraction like 45/10 or 39/SFC, but I've been reviewing and gotten a couple of questions that look like this: What is he floor of the ...
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What do these numbers and symbols on the ICAO SIGMET chart represent?

Anybody who can identify the numbers and alphabets in the red, green, and purple circles on the chart above?
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Where can I find Radar Video Maps?

I have been taking a look at Standard Operating Procedures for airports in the N90 TRACON, as is evident from my earlier relevant question. I can see the airspace delegation clearly defining upper ...
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How many airport charts do airline pilots have in the cockpit?

I always wonder how many "backup" approach charts and airport diagrams airline pilots have in case the plane has to divert. I imagine a few possibilities: There are no approach charts in the cockpit. ...
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When is this Class D airspace not Class D airspace?

The Terminal Area Chart (TAC) shows the Class D airspace for Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) view the full TAC. I have highlighted in green the north and south portions of the Class D ...
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What does the “D” symbol mean on this instrument approach chart?

What does the "D" symbol mean on this approach plate in the airport diagram section (bottom left of plate)?
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How to calculate the distance between two waypoints on an approach plate?

Can you please show me how to calculate the distance between the 2 waypoints A and C as shown on the picture? I would really appreciate it. I am having difficulties to calculate the distance between 2 ...
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What is “abnd” on the U.S. VFR Sectional Chart?

I have looked at the sectional legend and FAA aeronautical chart user guides and have not seen any answer for this. What is “abnd” on the U.S. VFR Sectional Chart?
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Where can I find airport diagrams from airports all over the world?

I am trying to build a database of airport diagrams (PDF documents). For the US, the FAA seems to be the best source. Are there any other free sources for Europe, Asia, etc... Also the data needs to ...
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Where to find approach plates for European aerodromes? [duplicate]

Where do I find the approach plates for European aerodromes? Is there a website intended for pilots updated and certified from the authority?
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What does a numbered dot mean on a sectional chart?

What does this point (125) mean on a Sectional Chart? Is it the field elevation, or just the highest elevation on the area?
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Is this the correct sequence of steps to convert from true course to compass heading?

I wanted to confirm my understanding of VFR Flight Planning/Dead Reckoning with relation to heading and course calculation. Is the below correct? Using a plotter, draw a line from departure airport ...
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What is the current status of the deployment of RNP 1 and RNP 2 airspaces and approaches in Europe?

Is there an overview of the deployment of RNP 1 and RNP 2 airspaces and approaches in Europe? I'm looking for a map, that shows this information. Maybe even 'special' solutions that are not quite RNP....
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What is this black symbol on a VFR chart?

What is this black symbol near KLBE VFR chart?
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Which Terminal Arrival Area depiction is correct between NACO and Jeppesen plates?

Looking at the RNAV (GPS) 19R into Wichita, KS (KICT), the TAA arrival segments are drawn differently between NACO and Jeppesen plates. Please take note that the TAA arrivals on NACO charts show both ...
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What is the easiest way to update sectional charts with bulletin changes between printings?

I am a student pilot and just purchased my first sectional chart a couple months ago. While the chart itself is within the effective time frame, there are Aeronautical Chart Bulletins that contain ...
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What is the folded size of a sectional map?

Bending aluminum for a map box, and am curious as to the folded dimension of a sectional chart. My present resources use moving maps on EFIS and iPad, but I would like to carry standard paper charts.
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Why did the MSA for Taipei (RTCP) change?

I got a question about the Minimum Sector Altitude (MSA) on Jeppesen arrival plate (RCTP 20-2). The MSA circle was divided into three sectors with three altitude before (2008, top image), but I found ...
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Why isn't the Transition Altitude depicted on SID charts?

Why isn't the Transition Altitude depicted on SID charts? I would assume it would be a relevant information to be presented on this type of chart.
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Do Jeppesen SIDs have top altitude?

FAA SID charts show the top altitude, the maximum altitude you can climb to when cleared for the SID. Do Jeppesen SID charts also show the top altitude? I checked some of them but couldn't find it. If ...
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Where can the airspace boundary coordinates for Fayetteville TRACON be found?

I would like a map depicting the airspace owned by Fayetteville TRACON that includes lat/long coordinates (i.e. not just a cartoon-y outline with no information). Ideally, I'd like to find a site ...
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What does the solid black star symbol on this VNC chart mean?

On the Canadian VNC there are symbols, the meaning of I can't quite figure out. In the Nanaimo aerodrome there are several "star" symbols. The unfilled one shows the location of the aerodrome beacon. ...
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What does a 10nm/20nm circle on instrument approach charts mean?

A lot of instrument aproach charts (VOR or ILS) have a circle around the navaid. It can be 10/20 NM or in km, like the 20km circle in the image. What does this circle mean?
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What are the lateral limits of Class D airspace in the USA?

Class D airspace was normally 5sm (4.4nm) with extensions for approaches, when they are less than 2nm. If any extension is over 2nm, then the extensions are normally Class E. Many publications claim ...
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How are aviation sectionals and enroute charts created?

Who exactly handles this? Is this done by the US Government via one of its printing offices? Or is this private? I know Jeppesen does some charts, especially approach plates, but I am not totally ...
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Can you operate regular commercial flights from an airport that is uncharted and not in the national AIP?

Is it possible to operate regular, commercial flights from an airport (aerodrome) that is not in the national AIP, and for which there are no charts, maps, terrain information, obstacle information, ...
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Is procedure turn considered published approach course?

Procedure turn is not completely lined on the chart and only marked with the barbed arrow. Is it still considered a segment of a published approach course? Can you report to ATC that you're ...
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What's a metering fix?

The Instrument Procedure Handbook says on page 3-18 "Arrival delays typically are absorbed at a metering fix. This fix is established on a route prior to the terminal airspace, 10000 feet or ...
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What is the data size of Hilton Software's WingX Pro 7 app and all of its databases? [closed]

What is the data size of the WingX Pro 7 installation files and databases including the app itself and the VFR Sectional, IFR Low Enroute, IFR High Enroute, and the full "All Charts(IFR)" databases? ...
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How to represent graphically airways and routes?

I need to write a piece of software in order to display on a map flight routes and airways. I would therefore like to know if there is a standard way of displaying this kind of information (in ...
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How are aeronautical charts made?

How are aviation charts made? What kind of techniques are used? From what I understand a GA aircraft equipped with: A camera: takes images of the ground Radar: calculates altitude and detects ...
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Where can I get airport diagrams of non-towered airports?

I'm trying to find a couple of airport diagrams for right now: X26 and X59. Neither of them are listed in the Chart Supplement or on the FAA site. All I could get were those shabby diagrams presented ...
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How does VFR work in countries other than USA? What does hi and lo mean? [closed]

I saw that at https://skyvector.com/ the VFR sectional charts were available for the USA only. Do other countries use the same format for sectional charts? Additionally What does Lo and Hi mean at ...
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Which countries provide the parameters for their national height reference model in the AIP?

There is a standard in Annex 15 1.2.2.3 "When a geoid model other than the EGM-96 model is used, a description of the model used, including the parameters required for height transformation between ...
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Why are so few heliports depicted on sectionals?

Pretty much every aerodrome, from an international airport to a private grass strip is depicted on a sectional chart. But there are few or no heliports shown. Why is this? Do helicopters have a ...
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Why are there some airports not charted as service-available when FBO provides fuel?

On FAA's Aeronautical Chart User's Guide - VFR Charts. It says the tick-mark charted airports provide fuel service. However, at Airport KSIY and 1O5, There are FBOs at both airports. e.g at ...
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How to fly to an uncharted airport?

I'm learning X-Plane 11 and started to use an add-on called FS Economy. One of its missions is to fly to small airports that I can't find on skyvector, so I'm unable to plan a direct flight. I ...